One of the most powerful myths in western culture – from Rambo to the Lone Ranger and Dirty Harry – is the myth of the ruggedly independent and triumphant loner. The essence of the myth is that you are part of no group, no team, and no tribe but rather stand alone to determine your destiny independent of anyone else.
Jesus, however, tells a different tale. In John 8:44, 47 Jesus says, “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies…Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.””
There are two fathers: God and Satan.
There are two families: the children of God and the children of the Devil.
There are two desires: holiness and sin.
There are two languages: truth and lies.
There are to goals: God’s glory and self-glory.
There are two lifestyles: freedom and slavery.
There are two destinies: life and death.
Everyone is born into Satan’s family of sin, lies, self-glory, slavery, and eternal death. Only by faith in Jesus Christ can we be born again into God’s family of holiness, truth, God’s glory, freedom, and eternal life.
How about you? Who is your family? What is your destiny?